The girls that love helping you dress with a smile – on a passionate mission to show every woman, (whatever their age, shape, size or budget,) style tricks to make them feel good about their bodies and enjoy getting dressed… every day.
The Wardrobe Diet Programme was divinely dropped upon us in a pool in Florida in October 2015.
We cannot tell how excited we got, because we have actually been teaching this to our Style Me Confident clients for the past 10 years… we just didn’t call it The Wardrobe Diet Programme!
We would love to educate you to love the body you have, understand how to disguise the parts you don’t like, show off the parts you do like and eliminate the frustration of having ‘nothing to wear’.
The Wardrobe Diet Programme is an online programme to cater for anyone and everyone, especially those who have really busy lives. You will see results instantly the moment you change a colour or wear a new style and that will provoke compliments from friends, family and even strangers!
Gay trained at the London College of Fashion and has an innate sense of style and dressing ideas. She has worked with 100’s of ladies from age 14-80, to make them all smile in their clothes. She is a genius at teaching you how to love your body and understand what to wear to make you feel confident and happy, every time you get dressed. It’s about following easy steps and guidelines and then just doing it!
Style Me Confident the creator of The Wardrobe Diet was founded in 2005 by Gay Richardson and here’s Gay’s story…
“My earliest memory of loving clothes was at the age of 4 ½, when my dad bought me and my twin sister a little brown and white checked dress with appliqued vegetables on it – I loved it!
I knew really wanted to help people and wanted to be a nurse but my phobia of blood and needles put paid to that.
When I was bringing up my two daughters, I had an amazing job, which I loved and was successful at. I had the company car, pension, private health cover, laptop, mobile phone (or rather house brick!) and it was term time only – perfect! But after 10 years, I got bored and started looking around for something else.
I found a job advert, as a community fundraiser with a local charity. Everyone said that it was the perfect job for me – I had all the necessary skills for it; I practised my pitch with friends – I was going to have THAT job – it was MY dream job. And I got it! I took a huge risk leaving my safe, secure job but hey, what could possibly go wrong?
I enjoyed working with the volunteers, loved the work but within a week of starting, I knew it wasn’t right for me. I was the target of workplace bullying and I had to leave. I left just before Christmas with my confidence destroyed and managed to find seasonal work at a local high street department store.
I hated it with a passion. I felt like I’d failed. I was at rock bottom and didn’t know what to do. Why, oh why had I risked it all and given up a job that I was so good at?
Sitting in my office at home, I pondered on what I could do. It had to be helping people, that’s what I was drawn to. Trinny and Susannah (from What Not To Wear) were the big thing on TV – I’d never watched the programme. Then I watched one episode and that was it – my defining moment. I KNEW that I could do what they did, along with boosting their confidence in a sensitive and kind way …..and the rest is history.
Professional training at London College of Fashion followed, despite friends telling me I didn’t need training – I needed to know the technical detail. Like you, I knew that when I wore some outfits I felt amazing and that other outfits left me feeling less confident, but I didn’t know WHY.
In May 2005, armed with this technical knowledge and a passion to help people to look and feel fabulous in their clothes, Style Me Confident was born.
Over 10 years on, I still absolutely love what I do and with the creation of The Wardrobe Diet Programme I can share my passion, across the globe still working with ladies from teens to their 80’s, showing them instant style tricks that transform how they feel about their bodies, and to love what they wear every day.”
Kate also trained at the London College of Fashion and whilst being creative, also has a love of all things technical – anything from social media to photography. She is completely brilliant at interpreting ‘Gay on video’ to produce 100’s of informative style videos that we share with you. Kate manages the back office organisation and day-to-day running of The Wardrobe Diet Programme, it just wouldn’t work without her!
In 2014, Gay and Style Me Confident gained a business partner, Kate Henwood. Here’s Kate’s story…
“After working in banking and finance for 15 years and then 10 years as a childminder rather than going back to an office environment at the end of maternity leave, clothes and what I wore were never top of my priority list – I’d always been overweight and never really liked my body. Clothes were functional, nothing more.
In the summer of 2012 and recently widowed, I needed to rediscover who “Kate” was. I’d first met Gay, in her personal shopper role in Debenhams, when I was trying to buy a dress for my husband’s 50th birthday party and remembered that she did “talks”. I went along to one of these and ended up booking a colour and style analysis session – I needed to go back to basics.
After my session, I’d learnt so much that I booked Gay to do a Wardrobe Edit and subsequently a shopping trip. By now, I was starting to love my clothes…
My journey of rediscovery continued and while working with Gay on my holiday packing, she revealed that she hated paperwork and all things administrative, all the things that I love! This led to me doing a few hours admin work for Gay and it was then that Gay realised that I was not only good with paper, I was creative too – a rare combination, apparently!
Early in 2014, Gay invited me to become her business partner. Shocked didn’t begin to describe how I felt – 18 months before, clothes didn’t even feature on my radar and now I was to become part of a styling business. What a transformation!
And now my clothes are so important to me and how I feel – I’d never have believed it.
So yes, I’ve been there and worn the t-shirt – only now I know what colour and style of t-shirt to wear (and how to video it)!”
The Wardrobe Diet Programme loves the people below because they are passionate about what they believe in and contribute to a balanced ‘mode of living’. This is the essence of The Wardrobe Diet.
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Every day Super Food Jamie Oliver
Secrets from The Chuckling Goat
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